Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Marine GeoGarage, "Pathfinder of the Seas"

GeoGarage, cloud-based nautical charts streaming platform
just the mapping apps for the 70% of the world that Google Maps does not cover...

Though datafication’s been fundamentally enabled by advances in computing technology, the baseline of the Marine GeoGarage is a reference to the work of 19th century naval officer Matthew Maury, who painstakingly sifted through records of nautical books, maps and charts and inventoried barometers, compasses, sextants and chronometers to assemble new navigational charts that revolutionized trans-Atlantic travel.

Matthew Maury nicknamed "Pathfinder of the Seas" 
and "Father of Modern Oceanography and Naval Meteorology"
and later, "Scientist of the Seas"

The “Pathfinder of the Seas” established and analyzed a huge body of data that ultimately led to cuts in the times of long voyages by a third.
Today, Maury would be a celebrated data scientist.

Chart by Lieutenant M.F. Maury, 1848

In some similar way, the goal of the Marine GeoGarage is to become the "Google Maps" of the seas, gathering all the nautical charts available at the international Hydrographic Offices, and proposing regular updates to keep the information the most precise possible.

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